How to Decorate After Christmas – Take Cues from Nature

How to Decorate After Christmas – Take Cues from Nature

How do you decorate after Christmas? Taking down the tree and all the decorations can be a bittersweet process. On one hand, it’s nice getting your space back to normal. On the other, with the merriment and music and magic of the holiday season behind us, you’re left with…January. The store endcaps jump straight from…

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How We’re Celebrating the Winter Solstice

For me, the hardest part of this time of year is the darkness. With walks, for example, I can slip on boots and my long, toasty-warm coat to protect against the chill, but there’s nothing I can do to prevent the sun from slipping away well before 5:00. I’ve mentioned I’m embracing hygge and bringing…

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Holiday Decorating Update: What I’ve Learned Through the Zones Approach

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my holiday decorating plans, explaining how I was going to put up my decorations only in specific zones. I added a note at the end of the post saying I’d update it later that weekend with photos because in my mind it was going to be that straightforward….

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The Most Important Step in Holiday Decorating

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving with loved ones! This morning I started taking down all our fall decorations in preparation for a Christmas and Hanukkah decorating extravaganza later this weekend. I was a little sad to dismantle our thankfulness wall, but saved some of my favorite entries, ones that feel particular to November…

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Embracing November’s Stillness: How to Love a Not-So-Lovable Month

It is not easy to love Minnesota in the month of November. Outside it’s empty trees, biting wind, gray days with flurries of snow. Late sunrises and early sunsets. We have months of snow and ice in front of us, and it will probably be April before I again feel the sun on my bare…

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Leaf Hunt 101 – New Twists on a Classic Tradition

This post was originally published October 21, 2021. It was updated August 23, 2022. I love many fall traditions — visiting an apple orchard, carving pumpkins, the start of a new school year. But my very favorite is going on a leaf hunt with the kids. We find leaves in as many hues from as…